Among the most often cited benefits of Realize LIVE is the value of the networking opportunities. Attendees routinely extol the connections they make and the relationships they build at this annual gathering of the user community.
And although face-to-face networking isn’t an option this year, here are some tips to help you build connections virtually that are equally valuable.
Design your desired network.
Do some relationship-building legwork to identify people with whom you might want to connect with during Realize LIVE. Your personal networking list might include peers you saw at last year’s event, names you see often in the Siemens online community, speakers at the event or any number of Siemens business leaders.
Once you build that list, make a plan to connect with the people on it. The occasion of Realize LIVE gives you the perfect reason to reconnect with an old contact or to make new ones. Using the hashtag #RealizeLIVE on social media, meanwhile, helps you expand the volume of your connections. And it can pay dividends to reach out to presenters in advance of the virtual experience.
Do your homework.
Determine which Realize LIVE sessions you’ll attend, then take the time to develop a set of informed questions relevant to each. Doing so will prepare you to help shape the conversation, contribute meaningfully, and make deep connections along the way.
Consider, too, the reciprocal value or insights you might be able to share related to each session. This pre-event preparation will make you more visible among your peers, but more importantly, it’s the kind of intellectual generosity that serves as the foundation of the most meaningful professional relationships.
Engage in real-time Q&A sessions.
The LIVE part of Realize LIVE is no accident. By interacting with subject matter experts in real time, you capitalize on the momentum of the event, not only to expand your knowledge but also to strengthen your network.
Don’t miss two live Q&A opportunities on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The actionable insights, answers, and advice you’ll get from speakers in these Q&A sessions will not only help you drive digital transformation in these unprecedented times, they’ll also come paired with the kind of human engagement that promotes lasting connections.
Connect with your peers live, too.
While there may not be a reception or even a water cooler in this virtual experience, there are plenty of alternative means of networking:
- Grab a coveted spot in one of the 22+ topical, facilitated networking sessions offered at the end of each day. But hurry — there’s a maximum capacity of 25 attendees in each session. While you’re there, you’ll build your network through deep collaboration focused on advancing smart, fast, nimble and sustainable innovation. Please choose the session you want to attend and click “Save Seat” at the top of the page to reserve your spot!
- Log into the online user community, and engage with fellow attendees. The designated Realize LIVE channel makes it easy to do so in a relevant and readily navigable way. And the new users you’ll meet will help you uncover novel solutions to help you succeed as today meets tomorrow.
- Join the chat streams during the networking sessions within the sponsor rooms. These are designed to help you connect in real time with users facing business challenges similar to your own.
- Get social using the hashtag #RealizeLIVE on LinkedIn and Twitter. Share your experience with fellow attendees, ask questions, and respond to others who do the same.
Continue the conversation.
Realize LIVE is a can’t-miss industry event. But it’s also only two days on the calendar. We all know the most effective relationships are built over time.
To maximize the benefits of your networking efforts, continue the conversations you start. That might mean sending a follow-up email, tweet, or LinkedIn message to an especially compelling speaker or arranging to offline with someone you met in a virtual breakout room. And it most certainly means staying engaged with the online user community well after the event ends.
Remember, too, that while Realize LIVE attendees value conversing with like-minded users from similar professional backgrounds, they also routinely cite the revelatory power of ongoing cross-industry conversations.
All these alternative ways to converse fuel connected, collaborative relationships and communities, which drive digital transformation to where today meets tomorrow. And while they might look different in a virtual setting, they’re no less achievable and they’re as valuable as ever.
The virtual edition of Realize LIVE is taking place on June 23rd and 24th. Register now for two days of online sessions to experience forward-thinking keynotes, customer case studies, best practices, hands-on training, and the opportunity to interact with peers — users talking to users from many of the world’s leading companies. Choose from 11 experiences organized by product portfolio and over 70 sessions of content. You can personalize your agenda around what matters most to you. And it’s free to attend!